I just returned from a two night stay at the Dream Horse Guesthouse and had a wonderful time there! We had the brand new Horse Power Suite and I marveled at how beautifully decorated it was - rustic and elegant, decorative and simple at the same time. Not overdone. The giant bed was firm and sooooo comfortable, with a gorgeous red and white cover and luxurious feather pillows. The chaise and sofa were super comfortable too. The room had a small gas fireplace, which I thought we'd use all the time, but the room was already warm and cozy on a fall weekend and we didn't end up using it at all. Never turned on the giant flat TV. The Keurig coffee machine and provided coffee were a happy surprise that we immensely enjoyed. There was a mini fridge and microwave so we enjoyed making our own dinners in the microwave and staying in - but when we explored town we enjoyed Carol's Times Square Restaurant for simple diner fare - wonderful chili and sweet potato fries! So the lack of nightlife and fancy restaurants was not at all a downside for us.
We are animal lovers, as Alan and Catherine clearly are too, so we were also pleasantly surprised to meet Woofie the inside cat and Kit-Ten the one who stayed outside. While I waited on the porch in a light rain for my sister to arrive late at night, Kit-Ten jumped in my lap, cuddled and purred and kept me good company. I had brought my guitar and Catherine invited me to play in the common area - I did stick mostly to the room and porch to practice quietly.
This is almost a walker's paradise. There's a nice long circuit for a country walk to enjoy fall color and some horses, cows, and chickens along the way, but it is walking along a road with no sidewalks. Little traffic though. Next day we walked into the Market Square area and enjoyed the HUGE used bookstore, the Dollar Store, and seeing Clarence Darrow's octagonal boyhood home. We got to pet the ponies on the way back. Several people offered us a ride - someone who overheard us in the Dollar Store telling the cashier about our long walk, the owner of the Times Square restaurant, I was just struck by how open, welcoming and kind all the people we met in Kinsman were.
Alan and Catherine were a treat to meet. They were wonderful hosts. I felt pampered and welcome. Breakfast was at 9 each morning and I loved the French toast the first day and eggs and bacon the second day. They accommodated my sister's gluten sensitivity even though we had neglected to mention it before arriving, and had delicious oatmeal for her. All the plates were decorated with a purple-flowered sprig of catmint, which was just one of the subtle decorative touches that Catherine has placed all over the house. Her artistic touches are beautiful to see. Alan's story of his barn-turned-home is so amazing. We were so lucky to get a tour from him and see how he created this amazing place from a blank canvas.
The house has the old original beams showing in many places. There are interesting angles and surprising shapes to the areas, ample windows, and everything is done with love and care - all the doorways have a decorative molding, all the built-in furniture has curves or flourishes, beautiful cut glass provides accents here and there in the walls or over doorways. The curving metal stairs were hand modified to exactly fit their space. Beautiful old buildings provided salvage materials that Alan has incorporated into this special place. Catherine has used her artistic soul and interior decorator training and experience to beautify it all further. It's a work of love and that shows everywhere. It is not the Ritz and it isn't all perfect, but sometimes things are better that way. There's a new suite in progress that is going to be absolutely gorgeous with two levels and a balcony.
We got to see every room in the house. The Gypsy Wagon Suite had been one of my original choices and I loved that room especially too, with it's huge whirlpool tub. I think I still loved Horse Power the best because we had such a good time there. There are steep stairs so we thought possibly someone who has a lot of trouble with stairs might have trouble navigating their bags to an upstairs room, but for us this was not an issue.
I could spend a whole page on the Horse Power bathroom. I brought a bunch of stuff for a "spa weekend" without the spa and the whirlpool tub with a handheld attachment for washing hair was perfect. There was a small gas fireplace there too (but we did not use it either) and a window with a chandelier near the tub - loved the chandelier! The home laundry area is at the end of that bathroom behind a screen, and we had agreed that the owners could come in and do laundry while we were out, but they ended up waiting till we checked out. It's just different staying in a home versus a hotel so this was not an issue to us but someone expecting a hotel-type stay might choose a different suite because the laundry machines are there.
The outside sitting area was cozy and if we'd had more time we would have spent it out there with a fire. The porch was a great place for many to sit and visit. This would be a nice place to have a family reunion. The weekend with my two sisters there was a refreshing, remote luxurious getaway.
We will definitely be back and will highly recommend the Dream Horse Guesthouse for anyone who wants to get away from it all and refresh their spirit in a beautiful home with gracious hosts.
- Also Known As:
- Dream Horse Guesthouse Kinsman, Ohio